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Posted On: Wednesday, Aug 10, 2022 - 2:39 pm

In July 2021, the Duke University Energy Initiative began a merger process with the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. Now the merged organization has a new name: the Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability. 

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Posted On: Thursday, Aug 04, 2022 - 4:35 pm

Duke students use data science methods to help address environmental challenges during the first round of Climate+ projects.

Posted On: Tuesday, Jul 05, 2022 - 11:45 am

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling June 30 that limits the authority of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate greenhouse gas emissions released by power plants that drive climate change.

Brian Murray, interim director of the Duke University Energy Initiative and Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, reviewed the ruling and explained its impacts.

Posted On: Wednesday, Jun 15, 2022 - 10:52 am

The recently merged Duke University Energy Initiative and Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, together with the Innovation & Entrepreneurship (I&E), announce the return of the Clean Energy Prize to spur student-led development of energy technologies, products, and services at Duke. The Prize ($10,000) invites all current Duke University students and May 2022 graduates to propose innovative projects that could lead to new products or services that will advance a clean energy future.

Posted On: Wednesday, May 25, 2022 - 9:11 am

This year, six emerging scholars from Duke University, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will take part in a unique Duke-based program aimed at preparing energy and climate innovators to make an impact.

Pete Nicholas speaking at a Nicholas Institute event, 2017
Posted On: Monday, May 16, 2022 - 10:09 am

Peter M. Nicholas, a Duke alumnus whose volunteer leadership across more than three decades on the Board of Trustees, fundraising campaigns and school advisory boards was invaluable in advancing Duke’s teaching and research mission, died May 14 at his home in Boca Grande, FL. He was 80.

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Posted On: Friday, May 13, 2022 - 2:50 pm

The first round of University-Wide Collaboration Grants on Climate Change will fund eight Duke University faculty teams to lay the groundwork for new research on climate change and its impacts. The teams will investigate topics including planetary engineering, climate justice, low-carbon heating and cooling methods, lithium mining, agricultural histories, coastal resilience, and the impacts of extreme weather on forest ecosystems.

Posted On: Friday, May 06, 2022 - 6:41 pm

Energy efficiency provides a least-cost option for meeting energy demand while also lowering energy bills and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In 2019, the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions published the North Carolina Energy Efficiency Roadmap outlining 32 recommendations for enhancing energy efficiency in the state of North Carolina. This policy brief provides a two-year update on the status of those recommendations.

Posted On: Friday, May 06, 2022 - 6:38 pm

The recently merged Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and Duke University Energy Initiative benefited from the work of 55 dedicated student assistants during the 2021–2022 academic year. The interdisciplinary crew of student assistants hailed from undergraduate and graduate degree programs across seven Duke schools. They brought diverse skillsets and perspectives to their roles, further developing their expertise by working on real-world projects advancing environmental progress. 

Posted On: Wednesday, Apr 27, 2022 - 2:31 pm

Pennsylvania is set to join the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a cap-and-trade program for power plants encompassing 12 Northeastern states. In an interview with Scientific American, Duke University expert Brian Murray explained why this move will strengthen RGGI's effectiveness.   

Murray, a research professor at the Nicholas School of the Environment and Sanford School of Public Policy, is interim director of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and Duke University Energy Initiative.